Over the first half of this year, we, along with so many others, have been dealing with the ramifications associated with the coronavirus on the world’s poor. Whereas in the past much of our funding went to skills-based programs for women and basic education for children, with schools closed along with the infrastructure that serves the world, millions have been left without any means to earn their daily wages and acquire food for themselves and their families. As a result, TFI has been busy just trying to keep those in extreme poverty alive, particularly children. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, here below are some of the programs we have funded since the beginning of this most difficult year.
Breeze of Hope Foundation (Bolivia)
Breeze of Hope Foundation is a center for child survivors of sexual violence in Bolivia. Our recent grant was to help them continue providing services despite Bolivia’s strict lockdown and have the funds necessary to take care of the little ones at the center. Ordinarily, they provide free legal, social, and psychological services for young girls who are attempting to overcome an abusive home life.
Landmine Relief Fund (Cambodia)
We sent funds to a project in Cambodia that does landmine removal and builds schools for impoverished children after landmines are cleared. They, too, were seeking help for all those they serve, most of whom work in and around Siem Reap in the tourist service industry. With no travel and Siem Reap shut down, none of them have any money for food. Right now it is food that many of the world’s poor need most.
Orthopedic Training Centre (Ghana)
The Orthopedic Training Centre in Ghana helps people, especially children, with disabilities to live independent and productive lives. This is a big problem in the developing world, where such conditions almost always result in a life of poverty. The funds we sent them were to help keep their programs running successfully during this unprecedented time. We will also try to send them additional funds to make needed capital improvements.
We sent funds to VARAS to help them keep their programs going for people living in rural Ghana. This grant is helping children to return to school and continue their education despite the setbacks of the past few months due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.
SevaChild International (India)
SevaChild manages one of India’s fastest growing health networks which specializes in providing life-sustaining micronutrients and food in India’s poorest communities. With a grant from our new Dr. Eugene P. Mohan Medical Assistance Fund, we are providing food for 250 families for the next month.
St. Vincent’s Children of Kibera (Kenya)
We have sent funds to St. Vincent’s orphanage and school in Kenya to purchase food for 180 families of the children who attend St. Vincent’s. These families live in the Kibera slum, one of the largest slums in the world, and as a result of a government lockdown they have not been able to access food. Hopefully these funds will help get them through this period until the children can return and continue their education.
One Heart World-Wide (Nepal)
Our grant to One Heart World-Wide in Nepal was used to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for the skilled birth attendants who are working at birthing centers in the most remote areas of the country. These frontline workers, like healthcare workers around the world, are saving lives at risk to their own. This grant to purchase PPE was made possible through our Dr. Eugene P. Mohan Medical Assistance Fund.